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Blue Dog Man Hardcover – September 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; First Edition, First Printing edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556709765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556709760
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Blue Dog Man is a sumptuously produced art book, tracing the genius of Rodrigue's decade-long Blue Dog images ... in this volume, both the artist and his art are forthright, expansive and winning." --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

From the Inside Flap

Until now, little else could be said about George Rodrigue's mysterious, wildly popular icon. At long last, the Blue Dog Man, as Rodrigue calls himself, sheds light on his creation as he guides us through this remarkable collection of over sixty new Blue Dog paintings. Rodrigue takes us on an unprecedented narrated journey into the heart of a new Blue Dog generation, tracing the evolution of Blue Dog from her beginnings in Louisiana legends to her myriad forays into the dazzling, multi-chrome modern world. Blue Dog Man is more than a collection of Blue Dog tales; it is a moving account of the spiritual evolution of an artist and an enlightening commentary on today's changing world. "Blue Dog," says Rodrigue, "is nothing if not a journey." This book is an invitation to longtime fans and newcomers alike to join the Blue Dog in her exciting and most unusual odyssey.

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While I love the content of the book, I am even more facinated by the design.
Ghost in the Matrix
I bought 3 Blue Dog books for my coffee table...they are all such great paintings and a good conversation starter.....LOVE the Blue Dog!!
C. Carl
I gave to my 5 year old son so its a pretty good buy since there's a chance he might tear it.
just a robot shopper

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lois A. Kennedy on March 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
After an extremely stressful day of running my own busy insurance agency, I was browsing through the aisles at Barnes & Noble when my eyes spotted a delightful book with a captivating blue dog on its cover. I sat down with the book and found myself smiling and laughing quietly as I read the entire book. Blue Dog totally captivated me, and the stress faded as I read the book and enjoyed the images. I've never before bought such a book, but felt I must have this one! I will take Blue Dog Man to my office so that I can turn to it when things seem to get just TOO serious. I wish I could thank the artist personally for giving me such joy!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a weighty (but not cumbersome) coffee table book that any thinking, feeling human being would be happy to own. Ever since I saw some original Blue Dog paintings in New Orleans, I've wanted to own one of them. Alas, I'm too poor. This book captures the spirit of the little alien-looking pooch and lets me borrow it for a price I can manage.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ghost in the Matrix on June 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those "hmmmmm...interesting" books. George Rodrigue gives a compelling history about his roots and how Blue Dog came into creation. While I love the content of the book, I am even more facinated by the design. Inside you will find a "punch-out" blue dog mask, postcards and other little nifty interactive thing-a-ma-jigs that help make this book such a pleasure to enjoy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alan W. Petrucelli on May 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Teach an old dog new tricks? Absolutely, provided the pooch in question is Blue Dog, that colorful canine spawned from the mind of Cajun artist George Rodrigue. (For those no up to their four-legged friends fodder, the cobalt canine with the yellow eyes is based on three of the artist's now-dead dogs, and was first immortalized on slick papers back in 1994.) Who says a sleeping dog must lie? This babe is everywhere: portraits hang in the White House, on the set of "Friends" and in fan Whoopi Goldberg's abode; Blue Dog also stars in an Absolut ad. This volume boasts 60 gorgeous never-before-published paintings, along with commentary by Rodrigue on the birth of Blue Dog and its transformation into a pop culture icon. Tom Brokaw, an avid Blue Dog collector, wrote the book's forward. The cat's meow. Really.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By AugieDawgie Mom on September 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Tom Brokaw's Forward truly captures the essence of Blue Dog. The book is an absolute charmer from the moment you set eyes on it to the very last page. George Rodrigue has put together a wonderful collection of his work with some surprises in store for the reader as they page through the book. The first "Blue Dog" book by Rodrigue held a special place on the living room coffee table. "Blue Dog Man" deserves a lighted shelf of its own on the bookcase.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hello Kitty Palm Beach on January 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
You just can't fully appreciate or understand the scope and delight of Blue Dog until you read this book. I adore Blue Dog. This silly, goofy blue dog provokes emotions in me that I have not experienced with art before...there is some strange, sad, beautiful, eerie, rapturous, haunting, joyful essence to this darn dog. This book is completely unique, fun, inspirational...I could go on and on. You just have to touch this book (the cover is fuzzy!) and open it...you will be hooked. The best coffee table book and a sure conversation starter, though that is hardly its value.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Petitpas on December 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Any book with more of Blue Dog is great. This features more of the pop art world of Blue Dog than the previous books of Rodrigue's work. (I actually like the paintings of Blue Dog in cajun settings best.)
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